Wolf Call

An e-newsletter from Island Lake Elementary School

Friday, September 17

Picture Day - Thursday, September 23

LifeTouch will be at school on Thursday, September 23 to photograph students. All students should have received a picture order form. LifeTouch offers two different ways to order school pictures.

Order Before Picture Day Online at mylifetouch.com:

  • No need to send cash or flyer back to school when you order online

  • See more options available online

  • Use credit card or PayPal on their secure site

  • Picture Day ID: EVT4WJ46X

  • Online ordering open 48 hours after pictures

On Picture Day: Families can order on Picture Day by simply filling out an order form for each child and returning it to school (extra forms are in the school office). Please note – only cash, money orders or checks are accepted on Picture Day. Picture retake day is Tuesday, October 26.

Staffing Updates

Goodbye Shelley Kroska - Front Office

Shelley is retiring after 21 years at Island Lake Elementary. Her last day will be Friday, September 24. Shelley worked as an instructional/playground para and spent the last 9 years greeting all of you in the office. She is looking forward to traveling with her husband and spending time with her first grandchild.

Thank you, Shelley, for your kind and friendly demeanor, hard work and professionalism, and dedication to Island Lake and our students. We will miss seeing you in the office and wish you all the best!

Welcome Megan Jahnke - Front Office

If you hear a new voice when you call or see a new face at the front desk, please say hello to Megan Jahnke. Megan has many years of experience in both higher education and preK-12, most recently at Minnehaha Academy as the Human Resources Manager. She has three kids in the Mounds View School District and is extremely excited to be joining Island Lake Elementary!

Welcome Molly Moede - Health Office

Molly is joining the Island Lake Health Office. She is working half time here and is an RN at Allina Health, where she still works on a casual basis. Molly was once a student at Island Lake and has a daughter in 1st grade here! She is excited and proud to be part of the Island Lake family.

Important Morning Drop-Off Information

Parents should stay in their cars at morning drop-off. Students should not exit the vehicle until 9:05 am. Thank you for keeping drop-off safe and moving!

Orchestra Notes

Orchestra Small Group Lessons will begin next week for 4th Grade (Summer Beginners) and 5th Grade orchestra students.

  • 5th Grade - Lessons are on Wednesdays starting September 22 during the school day.
  • 4th Grade - Lessons are on Thursdays and Fridays starting September 23-24 for students who participated in Summer Orchestra. Fall beginners will begin the following week on Friday, October 1.

Orchestra Large Group Rehearsal will begin before school the following week.

  • 5th Grade Large Groups on Wednesdays starting September 29 in the big gym at 8-9 am.
  • 4th Grade Large Groups on Thursdays starting September 30 in the big gym at 8-9 am.(SUMMER BEGINNERS ONLY). Fall beginners will start Large Groups October 15

For families with children who are brand new to orchestra and still need to arrange to get an instrument, there will be an Orchestra Display Night at Valentine Hills on Tuesday, September 21, from 5:00 pm- 6:30 pm, where you can have your child measured for the correct size instrument, and you can arrange to rent an instrument from a local music shop or through the school.

If you have not registered your child yet for orchestra, please fill out this Google Form.

Please email Juli Vig (Island Lake Orchestra Director) juli.vig@moundsviewschools.org with any questions.

Island Lake Spirit Wear

Show your school pride with new spirit wear! Shop from a selection of t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, vests and other accessories. Take a look at Island Lake's options here.

Construction Completion Open House

Join us for Island Lake's construction completion open house from 5:00 - 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 23. Visit the front office, special education area, library and 2nd grade classrooms. Please Note: This is not a time to visit classrooms, and teachers will not be available. Thank you!
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PTA Update

Popsicles at the Park
Please join us Wednesday, September 22, after school from 4:00 - 5:00 pm for Popsicles at the Park at Island Lake County Park (3611 Victoria St. N). This is a great time to connect and meet other Island Lake Families. Pick you students from school and head to the park for a popsicle!

LEGO League Information

This year the Island Lake PTA will not be putting together teams for LEGO League. But if you have a team of 4th or 5th grade Island Lake Students and are willing to coach the team, we can assist you with what you need to participate in the program. Teams would need to start and register by the end of the month to participate in competitions. If you meet these criteria, or have any questions, please contact Krissy at ksquisten@gmail.com.

Looking Ahead
September 30: Join us for the first General PTA Meeting of the school year! More details to follow.
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In Case You Missed It

Orchestra Registration for 4th & 5th Grade Families

To register for and learn more about orchestra, please click here.

Band Registration for 5th Grade Families

To register for and learn more about band, please click here.

Wolf Pride Pack

We are starting a Wolf Pack Pride program at Island Lake this year. With social-emotional learning being a priority, we want to make sure each student at Island Lake has positive connections with others. You and your child will learn more about this as we get into the school year. At this time, we are planning to have our Pack Pride activities outside to assist in our Covid mitigation practices. This is an exciting program that will foster relationships and school pride! Stay tuned for more information.

Library News

The library is looking for SEASONAL stickers and some heavy scrapbook paper or heavy construction paper to make bookmarks! Please drop off donations at the front office. Thank you for your help!

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District & Community News

COVID-19 Testing Opportunities

The Minnesota Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control strongly recommend that unvaccinated students participate in weekly screening for COVID-19 and that all individuals get tested when they’re experiencing symptoms. We are pleased to be able to offer access to a variety of options for screening testing for our families:

  • COVID-19 test at home: Order a free test through the state’s at-home COVID-19 testing program. Tests are delivered quickly right to your home.
  • COVID-19 community testing: Walk in or schedule an appointment at one of the free, no-barrier testing sites.
  • Find testing locations: Find many local and free opportunities here, including options for drive-up testing.
  • The District also has a supply of tests that can be made available to students. For more information about this option, please contact the COVID Coordinator at your child’s school.

Dance Clinic for 1st-8th Graders

Do you love to dance? The Mounds View Performance Team (MVPT) Dance Clinic is an exciting opportunity for 1st - 8th graders to learn and perform dance routines choreographed by the team. The 2021 Dance Clinic will be held from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 9. Parents return at 1:00 pm the day of the clinic to watch a show on the MV football field where their dancer will perform alongside the Performance Team. For more information and to sign up, please click here.

Music of the Knight

This year’s Marching Knights have a show that resonates with all of us. A visual and musical representation of current hits and covers of classics, there is something to be enjoyed by all. Join Irondale and 10 other bands from around the region for the 29th Annual Music of the Knight at the Irondale High School Stadium on Saturday, September 25. Doors open at 5 pm. Tickets $12 for adults, $5 students and seniors, kids under 5 free.

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Island Lake Resources

Parent Handbook
Access the 2021-22 Parent Handbook here. The handbook includes information on lunch and recess, vacations, health services, attendance and more.

Attendance Line

If your child will be late or absent, please call 651-621-7001 to leave a message on the 24-hour attendance voicemail line.

Lunch Menu

The September menu is available now! Click here for a menu. In 2021-22, school meals are free for all students.

Application for Educational Benefits

In 2021-22, school meals are free for all students. No application is necessary to receive free meals. But there are other reasons you should fill out the Application for Educational Benefits. Complete the form and you could get reduced rates on fees for school activities including band/orchestra, home internet, academic tests, transportation and college applications. In some cases, these services could be free. Click here to apply.

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Upcoming Events

For up-to-date information on events happening at Island Lake, visit www.moundsviewschools.org/islandlakecalendar.

Monday, September 20

No Activities Scheduled

Tuesday, September 21

Orchestra Display Night, Valentine Hills Elementary, 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Wednesday, September 22

PTA - Popsicles in the Park, Island Lake County Park, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Thursday, September 23

Picture Day!

Construction Completion - Community Open House, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Friday, September 24

No Activities Scheduled

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